Chemicals are everywhere, are an essential component of our daily lives and definitively contribute to the well-being and prosperity of our society.
However, some chemicals can severely damage our environment or health and are dangerous if not properly used. A large number of substances have been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high amounts, and yet there is insufficient information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment.
These are some of the reasons that make a sound chemicals management and regulation so important. Policy frameworks are being implemented around the world and should be in place by year 2020. These frameworks are in accordance with the recommendations of the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Among international regulations such as the US’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL), the European REACH regulations, implemented in 2007, are the most ambitious. The REACH regulations (EC 1907/2006, REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) are recognized internationally and have been adopted and adapted by the main trade partners of the EU such as China.
The REACH legislation allows for the gathering scientific information (registration and evaluation) and applying preventive risk management measures (authorization and restriction) of all chemicals manufactured or imported to EU. European manufacturers and importers of chemical substances are required to provide extensive information regarding all potential hazards caused by chemical substances contained in their products. This affects European and non-European companies supplying the European market and it requires an extensive amount of research from public and private research centers in order to assess the toxicity of chemical substances and to design new safer alternatives to their use.
The EMMC ChIR – Erasmus Mundus Master in Chemical Innovation and Regulation – provides professionals with all the tools and knowledge needed from the scientific, the regulatory and the economic point of view to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly and to meet responsibilities over chemical legislation worldwide. As an Erasmus Mundus project, ChIR aims to promote research and collaboration in the EHEA supporting the implementation of chemical safety regulation.
Important dates for the academic year 2014/2015:
Student applications: start October 2013
Deadline for applications to EM Studentships: December 31, 2013
Publication of list of non-eligible candidates: January 17, 2014
Non-eligible candidates have one week to submit appeals. Appeals will only be considered in cases where an error is detected in the evaluation procedure. Appeals of candidates wishing to add new documentation to complete their application will not be accepted.
Deadline for eligibility appeals: January 24, 2014
Consensus meeting of the Selection Committee: February 11, 2014
Publication of preliminary list of selected candidates: February 17, 2014
Communication of results to the EACEA: February 28, 2014
Communication of final decision to selected candidates: May 2014
Deadline for regular (self-paying) applications: July 31, 2014
Start of classes: October 2014
Application Deadline : 31 December 2013